"I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING CORPORATIONS, SMALL BUSINESSES
AND ENTREPRENEURS BRING THEIR IDEAS TO LIFE."
  -Ben Gilliand​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
ABOUT
I am a multi-faceted creative professional, with more than two decades of hands-on experience, encompassing – marketing, advertising, brand development, licensed merchandise, industrial design, and product development.  For a total of twelve years I have served as Creative Director for two different companies, and I have been privileged to work with a number of Hollywood production companies, including Industrial Light and Magic, Digital Domain and Weta Digital, in addition to high profile advertising agencies, including: The Richards Group, TM Advertising (Temerlin McClain Agency), GTB (Team Detroit Agency), J. Walter Thompson Worldwide and Saddington Baynes  plus industry leaders including: ROUSH (vehicle concept design), and the award winning trade show specialists, GES (Global Experience Services).
I have been performing work as a freelance designer since 1998, and key clients include:  American Capital Strategies, Ltd., Bell Helicopter Textron, The Dallas Cowboys, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, Estee Lauder, GameGuard Outdoor, McTurbine Industries, NASCAR, Piper Aircraft, Texas Parks & Wildlife and The Coca-Cola Company.  
While I do perform a majority of the project work myself, I also have a team of trusted independent specialists, ranging from photographers and videographers to 3D CGI artists and Programmers.  This enables me to keep your costs lower by only bringing in the specific talent necessary to complete your project. 
DESIGN EXPERTISE
> Effective blend of Commercial Art and Industrial Design disciplines
> Strong conceptualization, brainstorming, and problem solving capabilities
> Effective, thoughtful and fair-minded project director and talent manager
> Robust, hands-on, design, production and complex press check experience
> Hands-on photography and photo shoot art direction capabilities (live-action and studio)
> Experienced art director of 3D CGI content creation
> Master-level retouching capabilities, specializing in photo realistic composite imagery
> Broad knowledge of product manufacturing processes
> Can effectively collaborate with trained Engineers to guide design objectives
> Confident communications and presentation abilities
TRAINING & EDUCATION
The Art Institute
Visual Communications program, plus additional Multimedia and Web Development studies.
GPA 3.94/4.0 June 2000
Presidents List, plaque awarded for best Student Portfolio, special recognition for developing the

“strongest and most diversified portfolio to be produced by a student of the Dallas branch to date”.


Textron Six Sigma Program
Six Sigma, Green Belt Certification
Sept.  2011 – Mar. 2012
Attended Black Belt instructor-lead classroom training, followed by a hands-on process optimization project for Green Belt certification.    


Tracy Locke Partnership
Student Internship Program
Mar. 1999 – Dec. 1999
Participated in large-scale ad agency operations first hand through their creative department and
their in-house, high-end illustration studio, r2.


Sky Technologies Vehicle Design & Development
Industrial Design Apprentice
Feb. 1996 – Nov. 1997
Participated in Design and Build team projects, learning a wide variety of hands-on design,
illustration, fabrication, prototyping, production and manufacturing techniques from seasoned
designers, engineers and craftsmen.

Noteworthy: Sky Car and Slingshot VTOL aircraft were featured in Popular Mechanics Magazine.
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